Leadership’s Many Flavors

Leadership’s Many Flavors by @SBSLEducSoltns

Leading from the Front with Four


Ground Floor : Leadership & Management


It’s nearing mid summer in the northern hemisphere; recently, we celebrated national Ice Cream Day! Many have favorite flavors of this delish dessert; this holds true for leadership, too.


Paraphrasing a Supreme Court justice: ‘We know leadership when we see it.” , yet we all don’t ‘see’ the same thing, since we view business through our own experiences, lenses, & mindset.


Further, let’s push a related theme up for thoughtful discussion:


Leadership & management are NOT differing flavors; instead, they are two landmasses, separated by a gigantic ocean. We realize this while standing on the ground floor; now, let’s climb up a metaphorical ziggurat for a panoramic view.


Position, power, experience, credentials …?

On level 1 & 2 of our ziggurat, we start separating the wheat from the chaff; this act drives big answers , bringing us closer to leading from the front.


Q> Are any of the below characteristics necessary for organic leadership?


  • Seniority / experience

  • Credentials

  • Power \ Authority

  • Position

  • Perks /privileges


A> None are truly required. For a positional leader, they might bring benefit in a company’s hierarchy; however, in a free enterprise entrepreneurial business, they’d likely delay professional development.


Q>> Does leadership necessitate a certain type of business structure?


A>> No. Most structures ‘tell‘ us that an established business has an uneven field; you’ve built a ladder for your staff to climb up a pyramidal hierarchy, &/or you’ve not empowered them to address deep issues, like customer service, in your workplace, putting a collar on their ability to organically lead.


Bottom Up > Top down ; front > back


Leading is most impactful from the bottom up if there is a structure; Why? Easy. Those people are most aware of the day to day matters impacting your business’s success.


Take note, founders:  if you’re one, put yourself out front, clearing roadblocks so your staff can be most effective in building a better workplace for the betterment of all.


People ask the difference between a leader & a boss. The leader leads & the boss drives.

Theodore Roosevelt


Q >>> What to do in situations where staff engagement, customer service, &/or client retention are below par?


A >>> Leverage this call to action using a ‘Test of 3



First of 4 Flavors : Thought


Your climb up our ziggurat continues! Any of 4 could be next, as we aren’t building a rigid hierarchy; instead, you’re encouraged to visually sketch out this post’s content to better grasp these principles.


A thought leader leads from the front by sharing learned wisdom, stories, & a vision for the future with her staff, fellow entrepreneurs, & her tribe.


She might call herself a futurist, a disrupter, or an innovator. No matter the lingo, she oft comes up with fresh ways to address persistent business problems.


Second of Four : Replicative


Often, an entrepreneur, especially a family business owner,, recognizes replicative leadership as = succession planning; it could be, yes.


I thoughtfully ask you to expand your mind, furthering the case that this ‘flavor’ is imperative for all types of businesses, regardless of size, industry, or age.


A replicative leader seeks to replace herself; no longer is she indispensable; she’s begun, or accelerated her ability, to work ON her business & no longer IN it, becoming dispensable.


Systems thinking, soft skills [ e.g., humility & adaptability, ] & a focus on a self directed education all enable the above.


Third of 4 : Servant


When we serve, we win = Truth.


Yet, sole proprietors & entrepreneurs with staff, especially those who’ve come from corporate backgrounds, each have big adjustments in unlearning positional leadership & replacing w/ servant leadership’s unwavering principles.


Allow yourself to challenge assumptions, dismissing nostalgia & past credentials earned, as you realize that serving first gives you rich tools to lead from the front, flipping hierarchy upside down.


Fourth of Four : Conscious


Leadership done well is often a lonely path. Engaging mind, soul, & spirit is far stronger than merely one. Thus, being conscious about leading yourself & others enables infinitely more progress in your business culture, while concurrently helping you buck societal winds regarding capitalism.


Rarely are we taught that free enterprise & capitalism are very different concepts. Those who become conscious leaders better grasp this truism & cultivate a business that embraces the former.


Organizations dedicated to this flavor of bottom-up leadership often hold gatherings in your local area; seek them out & turn their events into networking opportunities.


Suggested Social Follows :


SR Thought Leader

Angela Montgomery

Waters Center

SLI Lead


Conscious Leadership


Dig for more gold — it’s 1849 all over again!


This blog is a drop of water into a deep sea. Be a modern day gold prospector & start a new rush!


How to Become

6 Steps …

Don’t Let the … 

Rela Leadership

The Serving Leader

5 Ways to … 

Practicing the 15 …


In short :


  • Ground floor
  • Characteristics of leadership
  • Test of 3 – CTA
  • Thought & Replicative
  • Servant & Conscious
  • Social follows
  • There’s a vast universe to explore


Thank YOU for reading!


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